The Bolshoi Theater is home to one of the world’s largest and oldest ballet and opera companies. The theatre has undergone numerous major repairs over the last century, the most recent in 2011 to restore some of the imperial architectural elements, although it still retains its Neoclassical grandeur.
After numerous previous versions of the Bolshoi Theater burned destroyed, the current one was built in 1824. Red velvet, a three-tiered crystal chandelier, and gold mouldings inside give the venue a grandeur Byzantine-Renaissance air like no other.
Seeing a performance by the local ballet and opera companies is a delight, as the theatre frequently plays classics like Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa and Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, both of which had their world premieres here.